Department of Transportation has announced a government and industry
effort to test systems designed to protect hazardous cargo from
being hijacked by terrorists.
effort will involve 100 trucks equipped with a variety of existing
technologies. The project will test biometric driver verification,
off-route vehicle alerts, stolen vehicle alerts, cargo tampering
alerts and remote vehicle disabling.
the contract for the program to the Battelle Memorial Institute
of Columbus, OH. The government's share will be $2.5 million.
DOT said "private and public sector participants have committed
significant cost sharing for the project, in effect doubling the
buying power of the $2.5 million."
team includes the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the American
Transportation Research Institute (formerly the ATA Foundation),
Qualcomm Inc., Total Security Systems Inc., and several motor
carrier companies and technology component vendors.